Playing With: Jerkass Gods

Basic Trope: The deity or deities are portrayed as cruel.
  • Straight: The gods are seen as petty, abusive, and uncaring to mortal beings and play around with their lives like as though it's their cosmic toys.
  • Exaggerated:
    • The gods are seen as sadistic and monstrous to mortal beings and will always used to disproportionately punishing them.
    • The gods are not only jerks to mortals, but also to each other.
    • Gods Of Evil.
  • Downplayed: The gods are aloof and apathetic to mortal beings which can make them come across as jerks.
  • Justified: As higher beings they have no reason to sympathize with puny mortals.
  • Inverted: The gods are good.
  • Subverted: The gods turn out to have a soft spot for the mortals deep down inside.
  • Double Subverted: ...just before they all treat them more cruel than they could possibly imagine.
  • Parodied: ???
  • Zig Zagged: It appears that the gods can vary between cruel and kind whether they were having a bad day or when they're nice when they feel like it.
  • Averted: The gods are neither cruel or kind.
  • Enforced: The author is a cynic who believes that any being of a higher place than others will either be indifferent or downright hostile to lower beings.
  • Lampshaded: "I hate the gods. They're massive jerks."
  • Invoked: A mortal who already treats their fellow humans as playthings seeks to ascend to godhood in order to more openly get away with it.
  • Exploited: Someone uses the jerkass nature of the gods to gain political power to create a secular state that tells the gods to sod off.
  • Defied:
    • Somebody decides to kill the gods to deal with the problem permanently.
    • The gods recognize that mortals could, potentially end them — whether by lack of worship or blunt deicide — and so keep at least decent relationships.
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: ???
  • Deconstructed: The jerkass nature of gods makes mortals constantly cower in fear and servitude of them.
  • Reconstructed: Mortals build themselves up in response and surpass the gods.

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